• The Award for FE Team of the Year
  • Entrepreneur Club SERC , South Eastern Regional College Lisburn
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh

In 2018, the college created a department, the Entrepreneur Club, dedicated to supporting students in developing enterprising and entrepreneurial skills. In five years, 115 viable independently-trading student companies have been formed due to the team’s facilitation and mentoring. The team comprises a head of school, three Deputy Heads of School, five innovation advisors, an entrepreneur- in-residence, and student company mentors.   

Research from Stranmillis University involving 4000 SERC students and 46% of the SERC staff population demonstrated the benefit of the Entrepreneur Club experience across all transversal skills categories.   

The research also identified that 19% of SERC students were interested in setting up their own companies, over three times the Northern Ireland average. Through the work of the club, the college produces more entrepreneurs than the region’s average.  

One student company manufactures exfoliating soap made with waste coffee grounds.  The Entrepreneur Club introduced them to major Northern Ireland hospitality providers and as a result they grew their business, developing bespoke soap products for each hospitality provider.